Are you really in the moment when looking at that beautiful view? From time to time when I walk I don’t take a camera and the reason is I sometimes feel I’m missing something. I cease to enjoy the walk because I’m on the lookout for that moment.
Don’t get me wrong I love every moment of the search, but from time to time the mental picture is the only one we should take.
I recently read this paragraph in The happiness Trap: Stop Struggling Start Living, Chapter 7 “Look Who’s Talking” by Russ Harris
“Or suppose you’re watching a magnificent sunset. There are moments when all you are doing is looking at it. Your mind is quiet; there are no thoughts running through your head, you’re simply registering the many colours of the spectacle before you. This is your observing self at work: observing, not thinking.
Then your thinking self kicks in: ‘Wow, look at all those colours! This reminds me of that sunset we saw on holiday last year. I wish I had my camera. It’s so beautiful; this looks like something out of a movie.” The more attention your observing self pays to the running commentary of the thinking self, the more you lose direct contact with that sunset.
How true is that! I have felt that many times… although I wanted to capture the moment the whole thinking process of grabbing those dying moments before the light changed actually killed the experience for me, although I may have got the image.
Sometimes you just have to live in the moment and leave your camera behind.
Going for a walk…(iPhone coming )
P.S. How did I go this morning? I told myself the only reason I’m taking my phone is just in case someone wants to catch up for a coffee or breakfast (5.30am really?) or maybe if I hurt myself I can call someone. But the truth is I want something on me that takes a photo.
Did I succeed living in the moment of the view? NO! I failed miserably, let me count how many photos I took. Twenty three snaps on my iPhone… took photos of…
- Beree Badalla Boardwalk
- Palm Beach Spit
- Tarrabora Reserve
- Currumbin Lagoon
- Currumbin Rock
- A beach shack that looked like it was going to be demolished
- A bird
This list goes on, my hard drive is loaded with images and so is my online storage. I think I have some work to do on myself over the holidays or you might see me on “Hoarders.” I’m not going to post a photo; this is the first post ever without one.
See you on my next walk